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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers by Jane Richardson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
genre: Contemporary
Length: short
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Lilac

Reeling from the stress of a messy divorce and an unhappy Christmas, Anna siezes the opportunity to get away from London and spend a few days in Venice. When a waiter mistakenly assumes a quiet American with tousled hair and eyes darker than hot, sweet expresso is her partner, it seems only right they should spend the day together. Two perfect strangers in a perfect city, Venice works her magic on them both before they have to head back in sadness to their separate lives. It's another year, another Christmas, before they meet again; when they do, they realise that love, like Venice, is 'per sempre...' for ever.

Stressed from the holidays and a rough divorce, Anna heads to Venice for a few days of rest and relaxation. While at a cafĂ© a waiter mistakes a handsome stranger for her partner. The attractive American and Anna decide to make the most of it and spend the day together as tourists. After a wonderful day and evening together they part as strangers since they didn’t exchange names and don’t see each other again for another year…as Venice and fate help bring them back together.

This was a sweet and short story about finding love when you least expect it. Anna and her stranger have a fascinating relationship that progresses throughout the day. It was interesting to me that they never exchanged names and managed to maintain their anonymity throughout the day’s events. The story is very short and fast-paced and I would have loved to have seen more between the couple such as what happened during that year they were apart and who exactly the American was; however, what we did get to see was very interesting.

Overall, this was an enjoyable, quick read about strangers finding love.